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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Unnecessarily Long Lost Post

OK, since Teebore is on vacation I feel the need to pick up the slack. It seems about the time Teebore would post another unnecessarily long Lost post. (That's right, I went there.)
I don't have the eye for detail Teebore does, but I do have access to the Internet. I was looking for something to cover that Teebore hasn't. After seconds of thinking about it I've decided we'll examine the famous Lost numbers. I'll examine the numbers themselves as well as their relation to Season 4. Let's get started!

4
Famous for: Being shouted aloud at a golf course
Age that: If your child is still not potty trained...you have to wonder.
Most prominent athlete to have this number on their jersey: Bobby Orr - Hockey Defense Man - Boston Bruins Great (EAT IT FAVRE!)
Did you know: That four is the number of dimensions we exist in? Most people think it's three, but they're wrong.
In pop culture: Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Sue Richards (Invisible Girl), Johnny Storm (Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (The Ever-lovin' Thing) are a group of superheroes named The Fantastic Four.
Is the perfect number for: An orgy. Three is a ménage à trois and five just plain gets confusing.
Odd or Even: Even
Squared: 16
Square Root: 2
Appearances in Season 4:
- This season was labeled as Season 4
- Penelope Widmore's home address is 423 Cheyne Walk. ("The Constant")
- Ben says he is going to see "Mr. and Mrs. Kendrick in 4E". ("The Shape of Things to Come")
- Jack resuscitates Desmond after compressing his chest 4 times, attempting to revive him after the helicopter crash. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
- There are 4 Dogs (we can see) in cages as Sayid walks to meet Ben in the veterinarian's office. ("The Economist")
Overall Significance: In this season, 4 is the number of times my mind was literally blown!
Letter Grade: C+ - 4 is a bit too basic for me. I need my numbers to have more pizazz. I've never been a big hockey fan either.

8
Famous for: Being told by zero that it's wearing a nice belt.
Age that: You can still think the impossible is possible.
Most prominent athlete to have this number on their jersey: Cal Ripken Jr. - Baseball Shortstop/Third Basemen - Balimore Oriole Great (AKA The Iron Bird, AKA Chef Tom Colicchio)
Did you know: That 8 is the number of bits in a byte?
In pop culture: The Beatles sang a song named "Eight Days a Week." Apparently they don't own calendars. Also, teen heart throb Luke Perry starred in the hit movie "8 Seconds."
Is the perfect number for: A posse.
Odd or Even: Even
Squared: 64
Square Root: 2.8284271247461900976033774484194
Appearences in Season 4:
- This season was labeled as Season 4 and appeared in two parts...4 multiplied by 2 is 8
- Jack watched Hurley's chase on Action8News. ("The Beginning of the End")
- The ladybug behind Matthew Abaddon has 8 dots. ("The Beginning of the End")
- The registration of the helicopter is N842M. ("Confirmed Dead")
- Jack says there are 8 survivors of the flight while on the stand at Kate's trial ("Eggtown")
- Desmond goes back in time 8 years to 1996 while experiencing side effects from his travel off the island to the freighter. ("The Constant")
- At the auction for the Black Rock painting, Charles Widmore holds up bidding number 755 which breaks down to 8 (7+5+5=17, 1+7=8) in Pythagorean numerology. ("The Constant")
- # of years between 1996 and 2004, the years Desmond's consciousness travels back and forth in The Constant.
- In ("The Shape of Things to Come") the number 8 appears twice on the number plate of the Taxi that Ben was in when he went to visit Charles Widmore in London. (Incidentally, the car behind the taxi when it stopped has the number 8 on it. In the same episode, Sayid mentions that he waited 8 years to find his wife.
-As Sayid knocks on the window and asks the man who is outside Hurley's Mental Institution , "Do you have the time?" The man is shot before he says the time "8:15." The same three digits as the numbers as the Oceanic Flight 815 that crashed on the Island. ("There's No Place Like Home, Parts 2 & 3")
Overall Significance: 8 is the number of times Lost can bring up one of its many 'questions' without answering said question before you start getting pissed that they haven't answered it.
Letter Grade: F - Frankly, 8 just didn't live up to the hype. That belt joke is pretty lame too.

15
Famous for: Being the day in March of which Julius Caesar was wary.
Age that: Girls start to fear Roger Clemens
Most prominent athlete to have this number on their jersey: Bart Starr - Football Quarterback - Packers Great (Damn Packers...can't escape them.)
Did you know: That in Hispanic culture, 15 is the age females have a big party much like a 'Sweet Sixteen.' It is called a Quinceañera.
In pop culture: "Fifteen" was a old teenage soap opera (which starred Ryan Reynolds) in the 90's that nobody watched...unless you were in high school in the 90's...and had no life...and there was an all weekend long marathon of the show on Nickelodeon...and you cried yourself to sleep every night...let's move on, shall we?
Is the perfect number for: Dollars to bet in a friendly wager.
Odd or Even: Odd
Squared: 225
Square Root: 3.87298335
Appearances in Season 4:
- If you take the number of the season before Season 4 and multiply it by the number of the season after Season 4 you get 15!
- On the orientation video for Station 6 a rabbit is seen with 15 painted on its side. (Orchid orientation film)
- The docket number of Kate's trial was 42231615, the last four Numbers in reverse. ("Eggtown")
- Desmond awakes in Daniel Faraday's Oxford laboratory and says he was in the future for 5 minutes. Daniel says Desmond was catatonic 75 minutes. The ratio of 5 to 75 is 15.
- Ben tells Locke the safe combination: 36 15 28.
- Hurley rolls a 15 while playing Risk.
- Hurley eats 15-year-old DHARMA Initiative crackers. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
- In the future, Sayid asks a man the time. He is about the say 8:15 when Sayid shoots him.
Overall Significance: 15 is the number of swear words my penis says whenever another hot female is offed on Lost....and yet Rose still remains...
Letter Grade: B+ - Striking fear in the heart of Caesar is always cool. But the whole Roger Clemens thing gives me the heeby jeebies.

16
Famous for:
Sweet Sixteens. That's when parents try to buy their daughter's love after years of neglect by constantly handing off their kid to the nanny while they jet set around the world and cheat on each other.
Age that: You dare to dream of road head.
Most prominent athlete to have this number on their jersey: Joe Montana - Football Quarterback - 49ers Great (The greatest quarterback ever...according to people who know more about football than I do.)
Did you know: That in chess there are a total of 16 pawns?
In pop culture: Sixteen Candles is a John Hughes movie starring Molly Ringwald that a guy can watch once in hopes to name drop it in order to impress a woman and hopefully get into her pants.
Is the perfect number for: Games in a regular season of football.
Odd or Even: Even
Squared: 256
Square Root: 4
Appearances in Season 4:
- Season 4 times Season 4 would be Season 16!
- The docket number of Kate's trial was 42231615, the last four Numbers in reverse. ("Eggtown")
- The timer on the bomb Micheal was given by the others to set off on the freighter had a countdown of 16 seconds.("Meet Kevin Johnson")
Overall Significance: 16 is the projected number of cast members to be busted for drunk driving and subsequently killed off on the show.
Letter Grade: B - 16 is a solid number, but I feel it's a bit overrated.

23
Famous for: The heavily quoted psalm: Psalm 23
Age that: You realize that all the exciting ages are done with. It's all downhill from there.
Most prominent athlete to have this number on their jersey: Michael Jordan - Basketball Shooting Guard - Bulls Great (Also stalked by the likes of Cuba Gooding Jr. and Charlie Sheen.)
Did you know: That 23 is the only prime number in the famous Lost Numbers?
In pop culture: "The Number 23" was a thriller starring Jim Carrey that nobody watched.
Is the perfect number for: Picking a number between 1 and 50 while not being obvious.
Odd or Even: Odd
Squared: 529
Square Root: 4.79583152
Appearances in Season 4:
- If take Season 4 and subtract Season 4 from that and then add the number Michael Jordan wears you get 23!
- The docket number of Kate's trial was 42231615, the last four Numbers in reverse. ("Eggtown")
- The appropriate setting for Daniel Faraday's consciousness time-transporting device at Oxford University's Queen's College Physics Department was 2.342. ("The Constant")
- The journal of the first mate of the Black Rock was sold at auction in lot #2342. ("The Constant")
- Penelope Widmore's home address is 423 Cheyne Walk. ("The Constant")
- There are written "X"s marking every day from October 1st to December 23rd on the 2004 calendar in the freighter's sickbay. In addition, only four of these "X"s are marked in yellow on the days of October 20th through October 23rd. ("The Constant")
- The code to the safe in Ben's house containing the tape about Charles Widmore is 36-15-28: 36+15-28 = 23. ("The Other Woman")
- The license plate number of the taxi Jin chases is 2369. ("Ji Yeon")
- The secret clues on yahoo's web site http://au.yahoo.com/lost/clue/clue407.html mentions that the last Year of the Dragon ("Ji Yeon") is from the 5th of February 2000 to the 23rd of January 2001
Overall Significance: 23 is the total number of questions that will be left unanswered by Lost.
Letter Grade: C+ - A lot of people have crazy man-love for the number 23. I just don't see it. I find it too...predictable.

42
Famous for:
Being the answer to the meaning of life.
Age that: You have start worrying about a mid-life crisis.
Most prominent athlete to have this number on their jersey: Jackie Robinson - Baseball Second Basemen - Dodgers Great (He also broke baseball's color barrier which was a huge step for civil rights.)
Did you know: 42 is the atomic number of molybdenum?
In pop culture: In Star Trek: The Next Generation the starship USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D) has 42 decks.
Is the perfect number for: Minutes you should screw around before actually working after arriving at the office.
Odd or Even: Even
Squared: 529
Square Root: 6.4807407
Appearances in Season 4:
- If you combine Season 4 with Season 2 you get Season 42!
- The registration of the helicopter is N842M. ("Confirmed Dead")
- The docket number of Kate's trial was 42231615, the last four Numbers in reverse. ("Eggtown")
- The appropriate setting for Daniel Faraday's consciousness time-transporting device at Oxford University's Queen's College Physics Department was 2.342. ("The Constant")
- The journal of the first mate of the Black Rock was sold at auction in lot #2342. ("The Constant")
- A young boy at Hurley's surprise birthday party has an orange jersey with the number 42 on it. ("There's No Place Like Home, Part 1")
Overall Significance: 42 is the number of times in Lost you wish to yourself Jack would get over his daddy issues.
Letter Grade: A+ - Listen, it just doesn't get better than 42. What more do you want from a number?

OTHER NUMBERS:
108
Why this number:
It's 4+8+15+16+23+42
Is Less Than: 109
Is Greater Than: 107
Coincidence?: It's the number of minutes between times you must enter the numbers into the Dharma computer in the Swan Station.
Significance to Dr. Bitz: This is also the number of items in this post directly ripped off from either LostPedia or Wikipedia.
Letter Grade: D+ - It's tough to get behind a number that taunts me by making me think I could actually live to that number but in reality knows I probably won't.

7,418,880
Why this number: It's 4*8*15*16*23*42
Is Less Than: The number of people McDonald's has served
Is Greater Than: The number of people who saw "You Got Served."
Is 7,418,880 Greater Than: The number of people who actually liked "You Got Served."
Significance to Dr. Bitz: This also happens to be the approximate number of times I've masturbated in my life
Letter Grade: C- - It's a surprising number, but ultimately, too large to wrap my head around. Also I couldn't find a good picture of it. That's always a negative.

Well, that's my Lost post. I still don't think it was long enough. Oh well. Now I just have to hope Teebore doesn't slit my throat in my sleep.

2 comments:

  1. Bravo, sir, bravo. Truly hilarious. Mrs. Teebore even enjoyed it.

    Now, where did I put my throat-slitting knife...

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  2. How did I ever miss this!? This is fantastic :) and it makes me miss Lost :(

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